354 HISTORY OF PERSIA the fortifications formidable, we would not permit our army to assault it. An immense treasure, a number of elephants, part of the artillery of the Emperor, and rich spoils of every description were the reward of our victory. Upwards of twenty thousand of the enemy were slain on the field of battle, and a much greater number were made prisoners. Immediately after the action was over, we surrounded the Emperor's army, and took measures to prevent all communication with the adjacent country ; preparing at the same time our cannon and mortars to level with the ground the fortifications which had been erected. As the utmost confusion reigned in the imperial camp, and all discipline was abandoned, the Emperor, compelled by irresistible necessity, after the lapse of one day, sent Nizam-ul-Mulk, on Thursday, the seventeenth Zilkadeh (igth February), to our royal camp 5 and the day following, Mohamed Shah himself, attended by his nobles, came to our heavenlike presence, in an afflicted state. When the Emperor was approaching, as we are ourselves of a Turkoman family, and Mohamed Shah is a Turkoman, and the lineal descendant of the noble House of Gurkan, we sent our dear son Nasrulla Khan beyond the bounds of our camp to meet him. The Emperor entered our tents and we delivered over to him the signet of our Empire. He remained that day a guest in our royal tent. Considering our affinity as Turkoman, and also reflecting on the honours that befitted the majesty of a king of kings, we bestowed such upon the Emperor, and ordered his royal pavilions, his family, and his nobles to be preserved : and we have established him in a manner equal to his great dignity. Persians love to recount how Nadir, in boasting of his hardihood, swore to Mohamed Shah that during the whole campaign he had never changed his clothes. To prove the accuracy of his statement, he tore open his tunic to show his under garments, which were worn to pieces. The Surrender of Delhi and its Spoils.—Nadir marched in triumph into Delhi, where he was entertained in the m sumptuous fashion by Mohamed Shah, who handed to him the amassed wealth of his ancestors. Among the trophies was the celebrated Peacock Throne, described bjr Tavernier as follows :x The largest throne, which is set up in the hall of the first 1 Cwzon (vol. i. pp. 317-22) proves that the Peacock Throne at Teheran wa8 naefe during the reign of Fath Ali Shah.